Business - licence for early opening or late closing hours

General information

Basically, the provincial governor stipulates any opening and closing hours for the individual types of catering establishments by way of decree. The competent authority may, however, grant any earlier opening hours, or later closing hours, respectively, upon application.

PLEASE NOTE Certain limitations may apply depending on certain conditions.

Required documents

No special documents are necessary.


No special time-limits need be observed.


  • For the application
    • Federal fee: 14.30 Euro
  • For the notification
    • For one or two calendar-fixed days: 2.10 Euro
    • For three to ten days: 10.90 Euro
    • For more than ten days: 27.20 Euro
  • Additionally
    • Attachment fees (are only incurred if attachments are added to the application): 3.90 Euro per sheet

Legal basis

Section 113 paragraph 3 of the Gewerbeordnung 1994 (GewO 1994)


Applications can be made in person, in writing, or also electronically. The municipality makes the relevant decision with any other public interests in mind.

PLEASE NOTE Licences are not granted if the neighbourhood has been unreasonably molested repeatedly by any non-punishable behaviour of guests outside the premises of the catering establishment, or if the landladies/landlords of any catering establishment have been repeatedly sentenced by a court of law for violating orders concerning opening and closing hours.

Lodging a complaint to the supervisory authorities may be imposed when appealing against last-resort municipality decrees.


See Description of the contents.

Responsible department

  • The municipalityGerman text which the catering establishment is located in.
    • In Vienna:  the Vienna Federal Police Directorate

PLEASE NOTE If the closing and opening hours in any further business establishment are concerned, applications must be submitted to the competent municipality/the Vienna Federal Police Directorate.

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